Mobile operator 3 Sweden said the country is lagging behind others in what it described as a "race" in 5G development. It said the global race will soon get under way, with winners and losers becoming clear within the next five years. The operator is calling for the establishment of a body like the Broadband Forum, which it said has fostered cooperation between private and public organisations for fibre development.
3 Sweden sees a role for an innovation council where operators and equipment vendors could raise practical issues with agencies such as communications regulator PTS, development authority Tillvaxtverket and innovation agency Vinnova.
The operator said political decision-makers and authorities must deal with two central matters, namely the cost of 5G development, and getting Sweden out of the starting blocks.
3 Sweden said the government should be creative in the way it reinvests revenue from auctions to support development of the mobile network. Operators have to bear the burden of frequency auction costs and infrastructure demands, which will affect the pace of build-up. In some countries, it said, 5G auctions have been a cash-cow for the state, and costs have been passed on to customers.
Turning to the issue of speed, 3 Sweden said the pace of development will be decisive for industrial and social applications. To maintain its position as a leading IT nation, Sweden will require cooperation, the operator added.